AUSSIE VALUES WEEK PAYS OFF FOR PM

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's week starts off on a high note, with Newspoll in The Australian narrowing the lead Labor has over the Coalition to 52-48 two-party preferred. A week of sprouting “Aussie values” and a crackdown on 457 visas appears to have paid in the polling, at least.

The Greens have flagged, however, that the proposed axing/not-an-axing of 457 visas will face a hurdle in Parliament. The Fairfax papers today report that Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young will seek crossbench support to establish a committee to look at the economic impact the proposed changes to Australia's visa scheme will have.